Do you remember when you graduated High School? Remember the dreams, the big world ahead of us? Well… we had it all, the hopes, the dreams and then “Adulting” hit and …. It was all different and now after 3 kids and a Career I look back often and think “What happened”. Do I really have to adult today? Since I’m an adult and I always try to follow the rule, I want to let you know that this post is sponsored by Energizer, all opinions and ideas are as always my own.
I don’t want my kids to grow up too fast, I want them to enjoy their High School years and their College time but at the same time I really want them to also understand what being an adult means. So this year as I send my son off to College I want him to remember important things that Mom or Dad always handled, he now has to handle it on his own while a few thousand miles away. I’m sure he will do just fine and find his way but a few good tips never hurt and since I decided to make it as easy as I can for him while at College, I might as well share it with you, too . Hopefully one or two of you will find it helpful as well.
Here are a few of the Back to School basics that I thought my son needs while away from home. Kids always think it’s all fun and party but honestly they can’t make it without a few essentials that they would never think of.
4 things your College Kid needs to learn how Adulting works
Laundry Soap will be your kids BFF. Stock up and send them off with a year supply, we all know the kids hate laundry, who are we kidding I hate laundry, but since Mom isn’t there and they still need clean cloth, make it as easy as possible. Also send them off with a bag full of quarters for the Laundry Mat, we all know how that will go if they are broke. Plus knowing how to use a Laundry Machine will come in handy when the real world calls, trust me, they will never run out of Laundry ever!
Stock up on gift cards for their favorite grocery store. Kids will be hungry and need to eat make it easy for them to pick up a few meals here and there so they won’t eat those noodles all year long. Also it will help them learn how to budget, grocery shop and plan.
Energizer Batteries & Flashlights. YES!! Get stock in Energizer Batteries because the things I will remind you will even you, as a full grown adult who thinks this adulting isn’t too bad, scratch your head. TV remotes, flameless candles, smoke detector, air freshener (you know the automatic ones no one wants to smell those socks), All-in-One Emergency light (keep a few handy in your bag, the room, the car), speakers are just a few things that will run on batteries. So stock up! Did you know that due to the latest improvements, Energizer MAX® AA batteries now last up to 30% longer than previous Energizer MAX® AA batteries in digital cameras. They also hold their power for up to 10 years while in storage, so you have power when you need it most. Being an adult isn’t always fun so teach your Teen early that certain things just need to be changed every so often and be prepared.
Flip Flops. Oh my whether boy or girl, stock up on Flip Flops, they will come in handy in more ways than one from wearing them in the shower to quickly running down to the next food truck, smashing bugs in the apartment to heading to class, flip flops will be always handy no matter what situation you are in. Flip Flops will be their best friend for the rest of their life.
See, that wasn’t too hard but did you think of these items yourself while sending your Teen off to College? Didn’t think so, glad I was able to help. My favorite tip when I moved out at home was when my dad told me to keep an All-in-One Emergency light in my purse, the car and every room of the house. This has come in handy so many times. At the time I thought he was crazy, why would I ever need a flashlight, silly teenager had no clue. These are the little things you don’t even think about until they are needed. So in this situation be the adult, prepare your Teen for what will happen and get them off to school the right way.
What are your little tips that you will share with your Teen when you will send them off to College for the first time? Would love to hear all about it, leave me a comment below.